Episode 5 of tvN Wed-Thurs drama Encounter (Boyfriend) dropped in ratings down to 8.513%, which totally makes sense for me! Honestly I want this drama to drop in ratings so that it stops getting scrutinized as a success or failure and diehards like me can just savor the beautifully written and directed throwback perfection. Not much happened in episode 5 other than really soft meaningful emotional beats, in fact narratively it’s just one whole day in the life of Soo Hyun and Jin Hyuk. I love how she’s surrounded by people who love her dearly, Driver Nam is the world’s most stalwart cupid and poor Secretary Jang is adorably fighting against gravity to keep Soo Hyuk and Jin Hyuk apart. The OTP romance is spurred by sparks of attraction and interest but grounded by friendship and consideration, the most solid of foundations. Episode 5 reaffirmed for me why I love this drama so, Park Bo Gum is owning the sunshine boy character with depth and nuance while Song Hye Kyo is the heart and soul of this drama, no matter what happens I’m invested in her happy ending.